Week of 3/10: Noteworthy News

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A Radical Proposal for Moving the Dial on Gender Parity

Artistic Director of Swim Pony Performing Arts Adrienne Mackey shares a radical idea to galvanize gender parity in theater. In her words, “the tough thing about talking about the issue of gender parity, the problem, wasn’t intentions, but a lack of culpability for outcomes. In other words, how do you get people to not just think about doing the right thing but actually motivate them to do it?”

She thereby proposes that instead of funding programs, what the drive for gender parity essentially needs is “a reward system that is entirely based on outcomes”. Visit the blog to read her outline of this radical new idea that should have the performing arts world sitting up and taking notice.

Alice Tuan’s 2013 Radar LA Manifesto

Alice Tuan, playwright-in-residence at the 2013 Ojai Playwrights Conference, has penned a hard-hitting manifesto that was delivered at the Radar LA Festival 2013. Her manifesto, entitled “A Life Stance” is an excerpt from her play Cocks Crow. Tuan raises several pertinent questions in her acerbic, yet witty piece.

(Thank you to Paul Cello for sharing this with us!)

In Chicago, Plays by Women, Bucking the National Trend

Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune writes about Chicago being one of the frontrunners in the fight for gender parity; he writes that “What women playwrights need the most is mainstage productions at high-profile theaters. In Chicago this winter, that is what many of them have been getting.”

“Plays by women — or the lack thereof in production — have very much been in the news these last few weeks. When a large group of Washington theaters made a commitment to produce just one new play by a woman in the fall of 2015, the move was described in the Washington Post as “audacious.”… What women playwrights need the most is mainstage productions at high-profile theaters. In Chicago this winter, that is what many of them have been getting.”

Zoe Caldwell, Judith Nolan Among Women Honored by LPTW

“The League of Professional Theatre Women holds its 2014 Awards Celebration & Big Mingle Reception March 10. The Awards, which are presented at The Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center, honor Zoe Caldwell, Judith Dolan, Joanna Sherman, Sondra Gorney, Meiyin Wang and Katherine Kovner.

Tony Award winner Caldwell (Master Class, Medea) is presented with The Lifetime Achievement Award by Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Porgy and BessA Raisin in the Sun).”

UK Playwright Lucy Kirkwood Wins Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

“United Kingdom-based playwright Lucy Kirkwood received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, an annual award that recognizes female playwrights, for her play Chimerica Feb. 25. Chimerica has been billed as “A gripping political examination and engaging personal drama,Chimerica tells the story of an American photojournalist who witnessed the events of Tiananmen Square in 1989, and who twenty-three years later sets out to find the subject of his most famous photograph — the mysterious Tank Man.”

A Special Commendation was awarded to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for her debut play, Fleabag.”

Image Courtesy: Chicago Tribune

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